August 29, 2016

YE OLDE AMERICA: Hello Sailor -- The Perverted Older Videos of Younger Cher

The music video for "If I Could Turn Back Time", directed by Marty Callner, takes place on board the battleship USS Missouri. It depicts Cher and her band performing a concert for the ship's crew. The video was filmed in Los Angeles on July 1, 1989, while the ship was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard at Pier D. In the video, the band plays on the foredeck, and the ship is rigged with spotlights, light racks and strobes. Cher's son, Elijah Blue Allman, only twelve at the time, appears as one of the band's guitarists (he wears dark glasses and a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt).

Cher's outfit for the original video, a fishnet body stocking under a black one-piece bathing suit that left most of her buttocks exposed, proved very controversial, and many television networks refused to show the video. MTV first banned the video, and later played it only after 9 PM. A second version of the video was made, including new scenes and less overtly sexual content than the original. The outfit and sexual nature of the video were not expected by the US Navy when they had originally granted permission for filming. The USS Missouri liaison, Steve Honda, asked Callner to prevent Cher from wearing the outfit when he saw it on-set, but Callner refused. The Navy also received criticism for the video, and has since refused to allow any music videos to be filmed aboard its ships.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 29, 2016 3:10 PM
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Posted by: Leslie at August 29, 2016 3:48 PM

A beautiful voice and she was a beautiful woman. But most of what I have seen and heard from her convinces me she doesn't have a beautiful mind. I will still enjoy her music, I certainly don't mind that she speaks her mind but she would do herself and the rest of us a favor by saying so much less.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at August 29, 2016 5:43 PM

I'm left wondering why you decided to think about that today.

Posted by: DeAnn at August 29, 2016 8:50 PM

Well, if you're going to use phallic symbolism in a video you can't do much better than battleship guns! But seriously, I don't see the problem here. I suppose the Moral Minority complained bitterly.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at August 30, 2016 2:15 AM

How is it that someone so incredibly talented can also be so mind-numbingly stupid?

Posted by: creeper at August 30, 2016 2:48 AM

That poor boy. Can you imagine your mother dressed like that and writhing around like that to music? No wonder he's had addiction problems, etc. Gawd-a-amighty, help us.

Posted by: A Nobody from Nowhere at August 30, 2016 11:23 AM

No talent, no class. Was this her first retirement tour?

Posted by: Donald Logan at August 30, 2016 4:17 PM

16 inch guns of the USS Missouri! Didn't she do some shelling into Lebanon in the Reagan years?

Cher? Has-been. She is old and bitter.Her mouth has become a hateful sewer, which makes me now dislike anything she did relevant years and years ago.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at August 31, 2016 4:26 PM